LAIPT is run by Dr. Natalia Pokras, PT, DPT. Dr. Pokras received her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from California State University of Northridge. She completed a post-professional clinical doctorate with honors at Regis University. Since her undergraduate years, Dr. Pokras was interested in movement disorders. She participated in numerous research projects as a graduate student. Upon graduation, Dr. Pokras was invited to participate in a three-year research project at UCLA involving a Lokomat and patients with multiple sclerosis.
Since 2009, Dr. Pokras has been involved with the magazine “Life with Cerebral Palsy: Problems and Solutions”, published in the Russian Federation. Her articles in this magazine inform readers about current methods, treatment options, and the latest research findings on cerebral palsy topic.
Dr. Pokras is an active member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She holds a clinical instructor certification from APTA. Dr. Pokras is passionate about sharing her knowledge of pediatric physical therapy with physical therapy interns. Many of her former students are now successfully working in pediatric settings. Dr. Pokras is constantly participating in conferences, symposiums, and presentations to enhance her knowledge and exchange information with her American and European colleagues. Dr. Pokras holds numerous certifications in various treatment methods.
Our LAIPT Team:
Speech Therapy Department:
Kanyinsola Banigo, MA, CCC - SLP
Alex Gersh, MA, CCC - SLP
Debra Mizrahi, MA, CCC-SLP
Dana Papageorge, MA, CCC -SLP
Jaclyn Steinberg, MA, CCC - SLP
Physical Therapy Department:
Curtiss Jenni Benger, PT, DPT
Marisa Danaway, PT, DPT
Shannon Long. PT, DPT
Natalia Pokras, PT, DPT
Mandana (Mandy) Hodjati, PT, DPT - Dr. Mandy is temporarily on maternity leave.
Occupational Therapy Department:
Christina Yamada, MA, OTR/L
Jessica Lee, MA, OTR/L
Lesley Lai, MA OTR/L
Maxine Pokras, B.A. Psychology (Office Manager)
Our Grow Strong Together Leading Therapists:
Alex Gersh, MA, CCC-SLP
Lesley, Lai, MA, OTR/L
Natalia Pokras, PT, DPT
Our Grow Strong Together Teachers
Anna Bernal, B.S. Psychobiology
Bethany Hom, UCLA Student
Boyu Cao, B.S. Human Biology & Society
Natalia Dudek, UCLA Student
Nicole Higa, UCLA Student
Pia Salcedo, B.S. Psychobiology
Sarah Purkrabek, B.A. Philosophy